Bas-relief meaning

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The definition of a bas relief is a piece of artwork that is sculpted, carved or molded in such a way that it barely protrudes from the background flat surface.

An example of a bas relief is Donatello's Pazzi Madonna.

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Sculpture in which figures are carved in a flat surface so that they project only a little from the background.
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Alternative spelling of bas relief.
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(sculpture) A low or mostly-flat sculpture which is carved into a wall, or is in the form of a tile mounted flat to a wall, rather than a fully three-dimensional, free-standing figure.
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Refers to any aspect of sculpture which is flat or in the bas relief style.
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Origin of bas-relief

  • French from Italian bassorilievo basso low (from Medieval Latin bassus) rilievo relief (from rilevare to raise) (from Latin relevāre relieve)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French bas relief, from Italian bassorilievo, compound of basso (“low”) + rilievo (“relief”), from Latin relevare (“to raise up, make light”).

    From Wiktionary

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